Statistics show that many children today aren’t getting enough physical activity. There are several reasons for this believes parenting expert, paediatrician and author of Good Kids, Bad Habits, Jennifer Trachtenberg:
- Our current digital age encourages more screen time and sedentary activities over outdoor play or games.
- A general lack of energy or motivation to play outdoors – possibly due to poor sleep habits and poor nutrition.
- Time constraints due to an overcrowded schedule.
- Poor role modelling – where parents don’t eat well or exercise and spend too much time in front of the TV. Children follow suit.
- Environmental factors such as the absence of parks in your area or general safety concerns in your neighbourhood.
This lack of exercise is harming children in more ways than one. Daily movement is important for all areas of development including fine motor and gross motor skill development; social and emotional development; and even speech and language development.
Why bouncing is one of the best activities for children
Bouncing on a trampoline is one of the best activities for children. Why? Because it engages all the major muscle groups in one single movement, and stimulates the brain, as well as the cells and organs in the body.
“One of the first things I ask parents when they come to see me is do you have a trampoline at home?” says Tarryn Rutenburg, occupational therapist and co-owner of Talk Sense Early Intervention Therapy Centre in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
She believes bouncing is an excellent activity for children because:
- It improves circulation and oxygen to the brain
- It reduces fatigue
- It’s low impact, which reduces the risk of injuries
- It aids in weight loss and weight management, without being too jarring on the body
- It supports a healthy immune system
- It aids in digestion, thanks to its detoxifying effects on the lymphatic system
- It reduces the risk of anxiety and depression, while promoting healthy sleep patterns
- It improves concentration and mood owing to the release of feel-good endorphins.
If you aren’t fortunate to have a trampoline at home, BOUNCE is the ideal place for kids to feel free to BOUNCE and play in a safe, secure environment. An added bonus is that BOUNCE encourages parents and caregivers to jump, too.
Not only does jumping on a trampoline offer the same physical benefits for adults, it’s also one of the only all-in-one muscle strengthening and cardio-based activities you can do. This means moms can get in a good workout too! Also, bouncing together encourages quality time and bonding between parents and their kids.
Where to BOUNCE
With four locations across South Africa and multiple venues across the globe, BOUNCE is a fabulous indoor trampoline park that promotes fun and adventure in a healthy, safe environment. The BOUNCE team is committed to inspiring movement, creative expression and human connection where children of all ages can come and BOUNCE and have fun.
Each BOUNCE trampoline venue is an adrenalin playground comprising around 3000 square meters of interconnected indoor trampolines, adventure features, padding and airbags.
BOUNCE launches Bounce Play Dates for little ones!
What is it?
Unlimited jump time for Junior Jumpers (children under 125cm) between 9am and 12 noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, during public school terms. Children will have access to trampolines as well as a brand-new, fully equipped soft play area designed to engage all the senses.
R145 per ticket with the parent/guardian able to jump, too. This also allows a flexible check-in time where you don’t have to book on the hour. The ticket does exclude official BOUNCE grip socks which can be purchased at check-in for R30 a pair.
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Book your spot online at www.bounceinc.co.za or call 011 517 2500 for more information.
Tammy is a wife, mom and freelance writer with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. She specialises in general lifestyle topics related to health, wellness and parenting. Tammy has a passion for fitness and the great outdoors. If she’s not running around after her daughter, you’ll find her off the beaten track, running, hiking or riding her bike.